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We are committed to the sustainability of the Escalante River in southern Utah

Other participants in the Partnership include the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Utah state agencies, The Nature Conservancy and Trout Unlimited.

Cardno is supporting ERWP’s restoration of native habitat through the use of satellite imagery to monitor control of Russian olive, an invasive species. We will also be assisting in monitoring the area for improper uses, such as illegal disposal of solid waste, illegal road building, and unauthorized use of recreational vehicles.

Our team will also provide ERWP help with:

  • obtaining grants from Utah state agencies
  • obtaining funding from foundations to maintain its Russian olive control program
  • expanding control efforts for tamarisk, another pernicious invasive species.

Future activities may include supporting ERWP in transforming streambanks from invasive species to pollinator habitats, and helping the partnership prioritize restoration objectives to obtain the most enduring benefits in the least time.

“We are delighted to be part of this valuable partnership and support the organization’s goals to control the spread of invasive species,” said Ron Rudolph, Cardno’s Vice President for Business Development, and the primary link between ERWP and Cardno. “The Escalante region provides unsurpassed opportunities for recreation and preserving it is vitally important to maintaining the ecological integrity of this unique region of our country.”

The Escalante River watershed encompasses about 1.3 million acres in a lightly populated area of southeastern Utah, which includes the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and Dixie National Forest. The river is a tributary of the Colorado River, flowing about 90 miles. It was the last river of its size to be discovered by Europeans in the 48 contiguous United States.

For more information, contact:

Ron Rudolph
Vice President Business Development 

Nancy Cline
Vice President of Marketing & Communications | Americas Region